New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, July 2, 1987, Page 4

Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung July 2, 1987

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 2, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions DAVE KRAMER, Editor and Publisher JIM WEBRE, Managing Editor Page 4    Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Texas     Thursday,    July    2,    198/ Editorial Texas lottery should face a referendum Opponents to a state lottery say such a game would be a form of tax on poor people because the rich can afford to play it and the poor can’t. Maybe so, but the rich can afford not to win. A theological argument is that a lottery is sacreligious or immoral. It is, indeed, a game of chance. The revenue estimates for a Texas lottery are virtually unpredictable. One figure is a lottery would bring in $400,000,000. Yes, that’s eight zeros; and Texas is working on the presumption of a state budget of almost $40 billion. Say 5 million Texans bought lottery tickets at $1 a piece. Each person might be reasonably expected to average buying two tickets. That’s $10 million cash. It gets more complicated in that merchants who sell tickets must receive a fee, as do the administrators of the lottery. Instant cash prizes of from $2 to $5,0(30 or so might be possible. But what is the interest possible on $8 million or so in a year before prizes are awarded. Even if you gave away $1 million in lesser prizes and three $1 million-dollar winners that leaves way more money than it should take to administer and distribute the lottery. Interest keeps on accruing as the lottery enters its second that subsequent years. We can hold down the size of the grand prize and have a lot of $1 million-dollar winners or make fewer people mega-bucks rich with grand prizes of $10 million or more. Most people probably would rather have a slim chance of winning a million dollars than even less chance of winning $10 million, but either way the net lottery profit adds up as long as you don’t give away more than you bring in. What is being debated in Austin is whether to put the lottery to a public referendum. To let Texans decide whether they want to spend less than the price of a package of cigarettes for a one in 20 million chance at enough money to be able to afford not to play the game and mix a little hope into their economic predicament. The argument that if people want to gamble, their chances of winning something substantial is far greater in Las Vegas discounts that a majority of the ‘ poor” people who would play the lottery don’t have the disposable income to afford the trip let alone the reason for going. Support the move to bring a Texas lottery to referendum. Guest Column Forgotten children should be remembered By BARRY ALLISON Chairman. Comal County Child Welfare Board ll you have been following th** action in Austin concerning the state's budget, you know that the Legislature is very close to voting on an Appropriations Hill this week I, for one certainly don’t envy our representative. I . inturn! Kuempel. He t.s laced with some very difficult decisions concerning tile state's financial condition. Every special interest group that has a stake in future appropriations is in Austin lobby mg against cut^ in funding and promoting their particular need As an example of the pressure being applied, I understand that there was a rally in Austin for teachers and parents opposed to the budget cuts in education. One noticeably absent group from all of this lobby ing will be the children who are most affected by the budget cuts. Perhaps abused children's lack of a unified voice is one of the reasons the legislature has decided to cut the funding for the Child Protective Services of the Texas department of Human Servic es to 60 percent of its need What this cut means is that 27.(XKI children who have been confirmed as being abused will not ■jWO    /asJib have anyone to help them this y ear Further reductions are being considered bv House Speaker (lib Lewis that would bring the total to 38,000 children who will not receive any kind of help this year it would seem to me that the logical approach to deciding who will receive budget cuts is to rank all of the requests for funding according to need. The result would Im* a list that contained at the top those agencies that help people who are totally dependent upon others for their care and survival and at tile bottom are those agencies that could through their own efforts survive the budget cuts and not impact people's lives if you feel that our children deserve more consideration titan the highway system, for example, call Edmund Kuempel at < a 121 463-0602 and let him or one of his staff know how y ou feel Ask him not to c ut any further funds that will help the abused children of our state I .et him know that you want the budget to stand ai 60 percent of need as approved in House Bill I in the regular session Further cuts in funding time item 7B under TDHSi will exact hardships that our children do not deserve. If you want your call to count, call immediately. Thank you fur your help in this urgent matter /Go iCoOw U'ir I 1 out u jfyjAA r/c A U. ■ >,    j pCMf r/c 'y»V£*T ATTst OI Ay/A ft■ siAi, I uterirh ut 'mn About Tnt CANbiDfffc WK HE. STUPID, oft WHAT 9 SlNVON CAN WE eom>e.t ABOUT THIS GUY*5 CUOMO WILL HE. Dun if we really REALLY REALLY lUVST ? rn DOLE. IS HE JUST WAITING COP BUSH TD SLIP- DESTRUCT1? IS HE TOO VOUNfa OR TCX) OLO? GEPHARDT WILL PQOTEcTlOMISfl SINK HUA? du PONT TOO ARISTO CRATIC? BAI&iJ Didn’t HL USED To WEAR CHASSES? LAXA UT DO THOSE REAGANS JUST LOVE Him 9 JACKSON IS His BEING BLACK A fActor 9 ROBERTSON WILL BUNG A SMIRKY TV (.VANGEUs Bt SOMETHING or A PROBLEM? ?! DUKAKIS Dots He bine ct JUST A Little bit from CUOMO NOT Running? HMG isnt CNC. IGLD IN 6 colossal WASTE OE time? (fc)    MrVjl ANSWERS: Yf J Will. THf WINNER. INHERIT TVE ^ J Andy Rooney The debate goes on over how Man came into bt*mg, and what should be taught rn the schools The U S. Supreme Court just struck down a louisiana law requiring the teaching of “creationism.” w hich is basically the Biblical version that says (iud created us in his image several thousand years ago. The decision has angered fundamentalists But it pleased those who believe in the scientific theory of evolution, which say s we all evolved from lower life forms millions of years ago I have never taken sides in this dispute because I have long been a follower of the teachings of Prof. Ludwig Kooky, the noted expert on just about everything Some years ago, I interviewed the professor about what has become widely known as: The Kooky Theory of the Origin of Man ” I still have my notes from that interview and will share them with you Professor Kooky. vou do riot believe that Clod created man in his own linage, is that correct** •Absolutely ” Why not'* Til tell you why nut Have you been in the locker room at a golf club? You see golfers when they take showers You Hunk Hod looks like that pot bellies, fat behinds? What kind of image is that for a God?" But you also reject Darwin’s Kooky evolution theory theory of evolution, which nuts! scientists believe in' That’s crazy You ever set a monkey smoke ’ You ever see a monkey eat anything like a Big Mac’ Dr drink a martini Monkeys are sensible That evolution theory g«»t started because some scientists liappened to go over to the Board of Trade one day and saw all those commodities traders down iii the pit. screeching and jumping and waving their arms Then what is the origin of Man "It happened this way There s this other planet out there in space ’ \ planet When You go out to Jupiter, lake a lest 'til you get to the Big Dipper hang a right, go past a couple of stat s and it comes in on your left You can't miss it Beautiful place The whole planet looks like one big Club Med." Are there living creatures there’’ "Of course An ancient civ illation And they look just like us. except they're much smarter and more advanced They ve got a perfect climate No mosquitoes And nature provides them with everything they need Gourmet food with low cholesterol grows on the trees \rvd almost everybody is peaceful, friendly, kind, considerate and healthy No crime, no violence, no politics Everybody gets along They ’re so civilized that they only need two laws." What are the laws It’s illegal to play a portable radio or to make wee-wee in a swimming ptml " It sounds like a perfect paradise Almost But nothing s i>erfe. t \nd a few million years ag", they had some problems Such as' They fwd a certain number of loonies Not too many. but a few It < ars h.tp|»en in tile best of f.omin -What was wrong with them I lie usual ailments Some w.-re violent and would shirt f<H*d fights Others were sneaky and would steal somebody s be.uh towels \rvd th**re were tile paranoids who thought everybody was against them Why dido t they put them .iw.i\ and have psychiatrists treat them That was part of the problem They didn t have psychiatrists because they were happy and didn't need tfiem But if they (Teatell psychic.'.rists {of the loonier, it would only tx a matter of time until the psychiatrists convinced everybody that tieing happy all Hie time was crazy Then they 'd become depressed and would have to invent liquor and pills to feel happy again, and tfiat would tie the end of their paradise So they just let the loonies rue loose "No, they couldn't do that, either because they’d have to have cops and make more laws And with nips and more laws, thev'd need law vers And if thee created lawyers, pretty M*on everybody would Im* sueing even body cive and they would have chaos Wtut did they do ' V I said. they wert a highlv advanced society with fantasm technology I mean, these mere iii ’..* beings inv ented the cut-proof gob bali more than 20 million vean Amazing But what lid thev d about the loonies They gentlv rounded them up Then thev put them aboard a giant spat . ship And thev set "ut on a journey through the stars to find a plat e fur them And thev t ut I Yes I hey found an unmhabib I plant quite livable with a nu. climate, good water supply plentiful LkhI. clean air, and excellent beaches And they landed ■ *t, that planet, put th. loonies ashur, arui flew bai k to their peaceful planet And are you saying that this Fair th, is that planet Exactly But that would mean we ar. all descended from that group f lunatics \rui that tins planet is nothing but a large tk**b\ hatch Precisely Do you fiavt any scientific evidence to support your tfieurv I have irrefutable evidence What is it Just watch the IU o'clock new* James Kilpatrick Evolution is a theory, creationism is religion I Louisiana’s "Creationism Act’ at bottom was just what the Supreme court called it recently The act was a "sham,” and a fairly transparent sham at that In the spurious name of academic freedom," the act sought to compel the teaching of a religious doctrine. This the Constitution forbids The case was rightly decided Even so, the issue was not so one-sided as the court’s 7-to-2 division would sugest. Certain aspects of Justice William Brennan’s majority opinion are profoundly disturbing. In dissent, Justice Antonin Scuba < joined by Chief Justice William Kehnquist) said some tilings about judicial restraint that sorely need to be said Si alia thought that sham had been too quickly inferred, and he objected to disposing of the case "on tile gallop." He felt the opinion compounded the inconsistency of decisions in this field and left "the theme of chaoes .securely unimpaired " I’he facts are clear In 1982 louisiana passed a iaw affecting all of the state’s public schools. The act did riot require the teaching of any theories on the origins of life, but the act decreed that if the theory of evolution were taught, the theory of "creationism” had to be given equal time A group of parents sued to have tile act held unconstitutional Both the U S. District Court and the 5th Circuit agreed with the parents’ complaint. I.ast week the Supreme Court affirmed the lower courts’ decisions. Justice Brennan began by emphasising that states and local school boards do not have unbounded discretion in matters of curriculum Their discretion is subject to constitutional limitations “Families entrust public schools with tile education of their children, but condition tlieir trust on tin* understanding that the classroom will not purposely tx* used to advance religious views " Prior cases dealing with the establishment clause have laid down a rule that says touching iii any way upon religion must Itavt* a "secular purpose." Legislative statements of such a purpose must Im* “sincere and not a sham I he legislative history of louisiana'* act made it clear that the purpose was not to advance academic freedom On its face, the act was not "balanced." It tilled toward creationism VV.* need not be blind to the legislature's pre-eminent religious purpose iii enacting this statute " The purpose was “clearly to advance the religious viewpoint that a supernatural being created humankind.” The act thus violated the First Amendment and had to be struck down Very well. But if the court was saying that only the theory of evolution may be* taught in public schools, we are in deep trouble Brennan's opinion walked to the very brink of such a disaster. The majority offered but a single sentence of reassurance: ”... Teaching a variety of scientific theories about the origins of humankind to schoolchildren might be validly done with the clear secular intent of enhancing the effectiveness of science instruction.” Note tile iieavy verb: This "might” bt* done Brennan’s doubt is as palpable as a stone. This is the troubling tiling The tlieory of evolution is just tfiat a theory nothing moi. . nothing less It is a theory embraced by oui very best scientists But to worship science is to worship a iuds* unconstant god; and for th.- high court ti* give its imprimatur to one tlieory excluding ail others, would Im* intolerable In other eras the very best scientists have been very wrong The very best oceanograptiers once were certain the world was flat The very best doctors of tile Middle Ages had a way o{ treating lunatics They drilled holes in Un* lunatic's skull to let the demons out They very best phy sicians of the 18th century put leeches lo George Washington; they were certain that phlebotomy was the very best cure In tile matter at hand, some quite respectable scientists testified that "creationism" relies upon far more than Genesis I These scientists do not regard creationism anil evolution as mutually exclusive theories Indeed, there is general agreement on the tumultuous formation of seas and mountains eons ago It is generally agreed that vegetation came first, follow.il by fish alai amphibiety, followed by mammals, followed by humankind Unless the biblical word "day” is read literally U> mean 24 hours, winch is nonsense, the theories closely coincide We ought to keep minds more open than tile mind of Justice Brennan, and we ought to leave a vast deal of educational inquiry to the states and local school boards Milton’s advice was to "let the winds of doctrine blow." And Milton was right. ;

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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: July 2, 1987

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